The health risks of having asbestos in your garage

Asbestos Dangers

Following on from one of our recent articles, today the Yorkshire-based team here at Dencroft Garages are looking more closely at the specific health risks of asbestos. This poses a very serious health risk, particularly to those that work in construction.

Asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers each year, which is more than the number of people killed on the road. Further figures show that around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure. Despite popular opinion, however, asbestos is not just a problem in the past, but can still be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.

Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and the lining that surrounds the lower digestive tract. This type of cancer is almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure and it is almost always fatal.

Asbestos-related lung cancer

This type of cancer can is strikingly similar, and can often get confused with lung cancer that is caused by smoking. It’s estimated that there is around one lung cancer for every mesothelioma death.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis relates to pulmonary fibrosis which translates into laymen terms as lung scarring. The severe scarring condition is a result of heavy exposure to asbestos over many years. The condition has the same effect of a scarring of the lungs caused by smoking, including shortness of breath and fatigue

Pleural thickening

Pleural thickening is the name of the problem that happens after heavy exposure to asbestos. The lining of the lung, which is called the pleura, thickens and swells. If this gets too severe the lung itself can get squeezed which can cause a shortness of breath and chest pains.

Asbestos is still a very pressing and very serious issue that has the potential to affect many thousands of workers today. Being aware is the first step in being safe and take the right precautions to protection yourself and colleagues from the dangers it poses.

Old concrete garages run the risk of affecting Yorkshire homeowners, as many of them were built long before 2000 and are therefore more likely to have slipped passed weaker asbestos restrictions.

If you are concerned your concrete garage may contain asbestos and would like to replace it with a new, safe one, please do not hesitate to call Dencroft today on 0800 1182547.

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